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Frankie Dettori and Dabirsim win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Dabirsim a best-priced 10-1 for Newmarket

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Dabirsim's Guineas target yet to be finalised

DABIRSIM remains a potential contender for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas after trainer Christophe Ferland declined to express a preference between the British Classic and the French version two weeks later at Longchamp.

Ferland burst onto the international stage last season with the son of Hat Trick, who landed the Prix Morny at Deauville before overcoming traffic problems to cut down his rivals in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day.

Dabirsim is a best-priced 10-1 for Newmarket behind Racing Post Trophy hero Camelot.

The International Federationof Horseracing Authorities is due to choose a champion two-year-old when the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings are announced in London on Tuesday and Ferland's charge is rated 1lb superior to Camelot on Racing Post Ratings.

Speaking to French racing broadcaster Equidia, Ferland gave an upbeat report on his dual Group 1 winner.

"Everything is going well and he's in magnificent shape," he said.

"He hasn't grown an enormous amount because he was already a big horse at two, but I'm delighted with him. I think he's put on weight and he's got stronger."

Ferland's choice of Classic target will be revealed when he nominates a trial.

"We'll look at the Prix de Fontainebleau then the Poule d'Essai [des Poulains] or the Djebel and the Guineas," he explained.

"It'll be one or the other, we haven't come down on a preference yet, but obviously if we choose the Guineas over a straight mile it will be the Djebel first, while the Poule d'Essai is round a turn so the Fontainebleau would be his prep for that."

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